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Naches Campfire Closure in Effect 7/27

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Date: July 26, 2006

Subject: Campfire Closure Instituted

Contact: Randy Shepard, District Ranger

Gary Jennings, Fire Management Officer

Effective at midnight on Thursday, July 27th, campfires will not be allowed anywhere on the Naches Ranger District. Having a complete closure allows for easier public education and enforcement by Forest Service personnel. Extreme temperatures and low humidity experienced this summer prompted the decision to ban campfires.

There are some acceptable alternatives to the use of campfires. Pressurized, self-contained gas stoves, pressurized gas lanterns, or propane fed barbeques are still allowed; however, please be cautious when using these devices. It is recommended to carry a shovel and water container in your vehicle when traveling in the forest during fire season.

Conditions in the forest are becoming extremely dry. Prior year drought conditions have made forest fuels susceptible to wildfire. Campfire closures will not be lifted without a major weather event bringing with it lots of moisture.

Forest recreationists are reminded that charcoal briquette barbeques, Tiki torches, and other devices that use solid fuel are prohibited. Non-approved fires include any fire that cannot be immediately extinguished by turning off a valve; any fire that produces a hot coal or leaves an ash; and any gas, liquid or solid fuel fire that is not self contained within a metal or glass enclosure as part of the device.

Each year escaped campfires are the leading human cause of wildfires on the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests. Please do not ignore campfire restrictions and/or closures and report any campfires by calling 911 -or- Central Washington Interagency Communication Center at 1-800-826-3383.

Anyone caught with an illegal campfire will receive a ticket. During fire season the minimum fine for having an illegal campfire is $200. If a fire results from a campfire, you can be subject to a citation and a fine up to $5,000 and/or one year in jail. You can also be held responsible for fire suppression costs which are very costly, often running into hundreds of thousands of dollars and more. This violation doesn't just apply if your fire escapes, but also if you "build, maintain, attend or use" a campfire in an area where campfires are not allowed.

For current forest information, including up-to-date status of fire restrictions or closures, contact the Naches Ranger District by phoning 509/653-1400.


Fire Regulations

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests

Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50 (a), the following acts are prohibited on National Forest System Lands as described below within the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests.

1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire fire, or stove fire. For the purpose of this order, this restriction includes briquette fires and applies to all National Forest System Lands within the Naches Ranger District. (36 CFR 261.52 (a)).

Persons maintaining a pressurized liquid gas stove, pressurized liquid gas fire, or an enclosed solid fuel fire that utilizes a wick to distribute a flame are exempt from this order.

This order is effective July 28, 2006 and will remain in effect until further notice.

Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50 (e), the following persons are exempt from this order:

1. Persons with a permit specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act or omission.

2. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty.

This prohibition is in addition to the general prohibitions in 36 CFR 261, Subpart A.

Done at Wenatchee, Washington this July 24, 2006.

JAMES L. BOYNTON Forest Supervisor Okanogan-Wenatchee NFs

Violations of these prohibitions are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 for an individual or $10,000.00 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both. (16 USC Section 551 and 18 USC 3559 and 3571).


Approved and Non-approved Fire

Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests

The following is a guide to use when campfires are restricted due to high fire danger.

Approved Fires

. Liquid gas stoves or fires. These include:

o Propane gas camp stoves used for campground or backcountry use.

o Propane gas catalytic heaters.

o White gas camp stoves with a pump which distribute pressurized gas.

o Butane or other pressurized gas canister devices attached to camp stoves.

o Propane or white gas lanterns that distribute gas under pressure.

. Solid fuel citronella candles in a metal bucket.

. Solid fuel candles in a metal or glass container.

. Propane barbeque devices that do not utilize solid briquettes for the heat source.

. Stove or fireplace fires completely contained within a summer home or residence.

. Propane or pressurized white gas warming devices with a shield and base.

Non-approved Fires

. Campfires that utilize wood, pressed logs, wood pellets, paper, cardboard, or other solid fuels.

. Campfires utilizing solid fuel that do not distribute the flame with a wick.

. Briquette fires.

. Unapproved fires on a summer home or residence porch or in an uncontained structure.

. Unapproved fires in a tent, open garage or carport, fenced area, shelter, porch or other nonstructural surrounding.

. "Tikki torches" which utilize liquid fuel.

. Campfires, lanterns, or stoves that use non-pressurized liquid gas or fuel.

. Liquid fuel citronella lanterns or candles.

. Solid fuel candles which are not contained within a metal container or glass container.

. Liquid fuel stove or lantern fires which utilize a wick to distribute the flame.

. Solid fuel fireworks of any kind.

. Wood, solid fuel or non-pressurized gas campfires contained by a rock barrier.

. Wood, solid fuel or non-pressurized gas campfires contained in an open camp stove, container, or barrel.

. Wood, solid fuel or non-pressurized gas campfires contained in a closed camp stove, not in a fully contained residence or summer home.

"The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer".


Bette Cooney, Info. Assistant

Okanogan & Wenatchee National Forests

Naches Ranger District

509/653-1416 fax: 509/653-2638

E-Mail: blcooney@fs.fed.us

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